INSIDE Secure has announced the availability of biometric on-card matching capabilities for its SecuRead system-in-package NFC solution.
Based on advanced fingerprint identification software from Neurotechnology running on the SecuRead secure element, the new solution enables manufacturers of mobile NFC devices to provide two-factor security for a variety of mobile applications, including payment.
The solution will make its debut on TazCard, the NFC electronic wallet from TazTag, and will be demonstrated at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.
INSIDE says the MWC demonstration will employ a personal computer with a small fingerprint scanner attached to it representing a POS terminal and a TazCard NFC wallet running a payment application. The PC will first be used to capture the TazCard user’s fingerprint as part of the enrollment process. The fingerprint minutiae points will be extracted by the Neurotechnology software on the PC and transmitted to the TazCard, where it will be stored in the INSIDE SecuRead.
Then the TazCard will be used to make a purchase. The POS terminal will again be used to scan the TazCard user’s fingerprint and extract the fingerprint minutiae points, which will then be transmitted to the TazCard.
The SecuRead will use its onboard Neurotechnology software to compare this new fingerprint data with the “trusted” data previously stored during enrollment that never leaves the secure element. If the two match, it will unlock the payment application on the TazCard and the payment transaction will be allowed to proceed.
The same process can be used for other types of applications such as secured access control or ID, according to INSIDE.
Eric Fouchard, CEO of TazTag, comments: “With the new SecuRead on-card matching capability, TazCard can now offer true two-factor authentication with enhanced privacy of sensitive personal information, making it ideal for a variety of banking, identity and access control applications. By teaming with INSIDE Secure and Neurotechnology, TazTag is able to deliver the first commercial NFC device with this capability, and is already working with a customer to help them develop a banking application.”